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Expo, tourism officials to visit Taiwan in October

2009. 20 July

by Flor Wang
( Officials from the Shanghai tourism administration and from the Shanghai 2010 World Expo will visit Taiwan in October to promote the global event to the Taiwanese people, a Shanghai official said Monday.

Cheng Mei Hong, vice director of the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, told CNA that the visit -- the second of its kind this year -- is being planned to explain the expo's latest developments to Taiwan's people.

According to Cheng, Taiwan, together with Hong Kong and Japan, will be one of the major tourist sources for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and the city is attaching great importance to the response from Taiwan.

Chen Chen, an assistant director at the World Expo booking center, said the expo authorities have forecast that about 70 million people will visit the event, including 3.5 million from abroad, with nearly 1 million expected to come from Taiwan and 500,000 from Hong Kong.

Taiwan will have a pavilion at the fair, slated to run from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2010. It will be Taiwan's first participation in the expo since 1970, when it was held in Osaka.

The semi-official Taiwan External Trade Development Council plans to raise NT$1 billion (US$30.33 million) from local businesses to finance the cost of the pavilion, which will feature local delicacies and performances by various cultural and artistic groups.